Key K-12 Online Learning Stats
- 25 states have state virtual schools operating in 2013-2014.1
- 29 states and Washington, DC have statewide full-time online schools operating in 2013-14.1
- There were an estimated 1,816,400 enrollments in distance-education courses in K-12 schooldistricts in 2009-2010, almost all of which were online courses. 74% of these enrollments were in high schools. Online courses with the highest level of enrollment fall under the categories of credit recovery (62%), dual enrollment (47%), and advanced placement (29%).
- This enrollment estimate does not include students attending most full-time online schools —approximately 200,00 full-time students in 2009-2010. As of 2012-2013, the number of students has grown to 310,000.
- Single and multi-district blended and online programs are the largest and fastest-growing segment of online and blended learning.
- Top reasons school districts make online learning opportunities available to their students are to offer courses not otherwise available, and provide opportunities for students to recover course credits. Credit recovery is especially important in urban environments where 81% of schools indicate this is an issue.
- The College Board estimates that in 2010 only 33.7% of school districts offer AP® or IB courses in English, math, social studies, and science.
- The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that as of October 2010, more than 68% of households used broadband Internet access service (a four percent increase from 2009), and over 77% of households had a computer. However, only 45% of households with an annual income of under $30K, 67% of households between $30K and $49.9K, 79% of households between $50K and $74.9K and 87% of households over $75K have access to broadband.
- "Nearly three out of four (72%) 0 to 8-year olds have a computer at home, but access ranges from 48% among those from low-income families (less than $30,000 a year) to 91% among higher-income families (more than $75,000)."